Everton 0-1 Arsenal: ‘To be honest’: Ian Wright delivers verdict on David Raya’s debut performance

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Everton 0-1 Arsenal: 'To be honest': Ian Wright delivers verdict on David Raya's debut performance
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Ian Wright thinks David Raya faired well on his Arsenal debut as Mikel Arteta’s side beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The on-loan Brentford star joined Arsenal this summer under a big cloud of what this means for the club’s number-one keeper, Aaron Ramsdale.

Well, within a few weeks of David Raya being in the building, Mikel Arteta has already started the Spanish star, with Wright adding that he provided ‘confidence’ to his backline because of his calmness at the back and his ability to collect crosses, as he told Premier League Productions (17/09/23 at 6:30 pm).

In terms of big saves, the new man in between Arsenal’s sticks didn’t have much to do, as the Premier League title-chasing side found it very hard to break down a resilient Everton team.

In the end, it took a quality first-time finish from Leandro Trossard to seal the points for his side after the January signing was involved in link-up play between Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard.

That win maintains Arsenal’s unbeaten start to the new season and pushes them fourth into the table ahead of the north London derby against Tottenham next week.

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David Raya debut for Arsenal against Everton

“To be honest, he didn’t have too much to do,” said Wright. “But what he did have to do was come and claim some really good balls from set-pieces and corners. And he has done it very, very well.

“You would be surprised how much confidence that gives your defence and your players knowing you have somebody behind you who is going to give you that calm and collective nature.”

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Club football’s biggest competition returns next week, with Arsenal set to welcome Dutch side PSV to the Emirates.

Who starts in between the sticks? And will that player also be in goal for the heavyweight showdown against Tottenham?

Surely, Ramsdale returns back to the XI, but on the other hand, chopping and changing your goalkeeper game-by-game basis isn’t exactly great.


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